How to make your own cosmetics      

Did you know there are many factors that contribute to the environmental impact of cosmetics – every stage of the product life cycle has the potential to cause harm.

One of the biggest resources used by the beauty industry is water. In 2020, the beauty industry used approximately 10.4 million tons of water. The cosmetics market is also considered one of the largest markets for water consumption, marine pollution, and wastewater.

In factories, water is used to make beauty products, and in our homes, water is used to rinse products. Most of the water used by the cosmetics industry is wasted and often pollutes water systems.

Cosmetics brands often use plastic for packaging because it is easy to produce and cheaper than other options. However, the impact of plastic packaging waste on the environment is huge. The British Beauty Council states that only 14% of plastic waste is recycled and only 9% is recovered. 

Wildlife is affected by the production and disposal of cosmetics. Much plastic packaging waste ends up in rivers and oceans, posing a serious threat to marine species, with at least 633 marine species affected by microplastics in the water, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency. 

Wildlife habitats are also threatened by plastic pollution. A UK study found that thousands of wet wipes formed new islands in waterways and changed the shape of rivers.

In addition, synthetic ingredients also contribute to the plastic dilemma. Last year, researchers at Plastic Soup analyzed the ingredients of more than 7,000 beauty products and found that only 13% did not contain microplastics

Experts have found that around 70% of beauty products contain palm oil. This natural ingredient is considered a skin-friendly emulsifier and is usually sourced from palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia. 

The cultivation of palm oil has led to an alarming level of deforestation on Earth. Some experts estimate that an area the size of 300 football fields is cleared every hour to make way for palm oil farms. It also endangers the habitats of endangered wildlife such as the Sumatran tiger.

This is why we encourage you to make your own cosmetics at home to avoid waste.

Here are a few recipes to enjoy making at home :

Coffee facial exfoliant : 4 tablespoons of your preferred oil, 6 tablespoons of finely ground coffee, and a few drops of tea tree oil or other essential oil.

A diy acne spot cream : 110g of Unreafined Shea butter, 28g jojoba oil, 40g zinc oxide powder, drops of Camphor essential oil.

Coffee bean body scrub : 1 cup of coffee grounds, ½ cup of white or brown sugar, and 1 cup of coconut oil.

Lemon and mint hand scrub : ¼ cup of infused mint, ½ cup of organic cane sugar, 10 drops of lemon essential oil.

Foot scrub : ½ cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of white sugar, 4 drops of cedarwood essential oil, 8 drops of bergamot essential oil.

A basic face cream : Distilled water, an oil of your choice, an emulsifying wax, co emulsifier, cosgard, tea tree oil.

A soothing lip balm : beeswax pastilles, cocoa butter, high quality and edible oil.

 

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